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Hurts At Isle Of Wight Festival 2011 - Review

By Leonie Cooper

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Posted on 11 Jun 11


Who: Hurts

Where and When: Main Stage, Saturday

Vibe: Blazing sunshine sees most of the Isle of Wight's punters listlessly lazing on the grass, but Hurts still crank up their glorious synth-soul to 11.


Best bit: It's a toss up between when frontman Theo Hutchcraft gets all anguished and chucks the mic stand about during 'Evelyn' and when he dramatically flings white roses into the crowd during 'Stay'. Pop, performance and poetry all in one.

Low point: The fact that there aren't more people raving it up. Yes, it's nice to flop about on your picnic blanket, but c'mon people, this guy's giving you his soul!

Banter: "What a wonderful day! Black was inappropriate, I know" - Theo Hutchcraft on the blazing sunshine and his sombre suit.

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Verdict: There's no half-measures with Hurts. They've brough the works; an opera singer, string quartet and dancers - not to mention their collection of mightily impressive songs. As such, their afternoon show bristles with brilliance.

Rating: 9/10

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